Usability, MVC, ASP.NET

16. Juli 2007 23:38
by Henrik Stenbæk
3 Kommentare

Finding a recorder for making screencast

16. Juli 2007 23:38 by Henrik Stenbæk | 3 Kommentare

When starting this blog I know that I wanted to make screen recordings for usability and AJAX “show-off“. So I started looking around for the right software to do the job.

Some of my main demands for that software were:
1. I wanted it to include a navigation bar for start, stop and browse the recorded video
2. I wanted it to make small file as results (at the bottom line I have to pay for the server traffic my self = the bigger files the bigger bill).
3. Due to the fact that I don’t know if I will keep on posting to the blog, I was interesting in keeping the cost of the tool as low as possible.

Camtasia Studio

I started googling for the software and the first tool I ran into was:
Camtasia Studio, it was USD 300 for a license but it got most of what I wanted. So as a starting I downloading the free trail and testing it out.

It turned out that the exported result was a lot of files

The main video is in the cofman.swf file and is nearly 1.5 MB.

The swf file itself didn't include the navigation panel. The navigation was placed in a separate file (..._controller.swf) with the size of 173 kb itself and it was all put together with the javascript and XML files.
When the movie starts up it shows a stupid "created with Camtasia Studio" splash screen - I don't know if this will go away after one had bought a licence - but this wasn't what I expected a all :-)

CamStudio

Then I found CamStudio, a freeware tool that seems to be a little outdated. It had the possibility to include a navigation panel in the swf file, but the layout of it is old fashioned and for the cofman.com video the total file ends out near 2.0 MB (including the navigation panel)

BBFlashBack

I ended out buying a license for BBFlashBack Exprerss for only USD 39. It produced the cofman.com video including navigation panel in a swf file at only 0.2 MB!!

BBFlashBack install itself as a second video card which, according to the user review on download.com, has caused computer problem for people that want to uninstall it… but for now I don't have any plans on uninstall it and it working fine :-). And hopefully I'll bee able to record a lot of usability do and don'ts in the nearest future.